Cohoes wins state pre-K grant for three year-olds, enrollment opens Nov. 28

The Cohoes City School District has received another New York State Education Dept. (NYSED) prekindergarten grant, this time for 36 three year-olds living in the City of Cohoes. The district will add two classrooms (18 students each) of three year-olds to the UPK program offered in collaboration with the Cohoes Community Center. One classroom will …

Ninth graders pledge to make CHS “No Place for Hate”

On Monday, Nov. 14, the entire Class of 2020 attended the “Cyberbullying & Digital Dilemmas” forum at The Palace Theatre in Albany. The forum was sponsored by Siena College Research Institute, AT&T and the Tyler Clementi Foundation. Students learned a lot about the seriousness of cyberbullying and how to become advocates for kindness and respect. …

Van Schaick 4th graders ask, “What happened to all the trees?

The landscape behind Van Schaick Grade School looked a lot different when school started in September. Students took notice of the land adjacent to the school, which was once lush with trees, had become a vacant lot with construction vehicles on it. Mrs. Mokey’s 4th grade enrichment students asked the question, “What happened to all …

Candy Corn Challenge brings engineering into elementary classrooms

During the week of October 31, 5th grade students at Harmony Hill were presented with a challenge: Build a tower with one cup of candy corns and 100 toothpicks. The students from the three 5th grade classrooms were split into small groups to solve the challenge, which also included the following guided instructions: The students …

District calls on school community to take action, work together to reduce chronic absenteeism

On Thursday, October 20, the Cohoes City School District launched its “Every Minute Matters” attendance movement to engage and motivate parents, students, staff and the greater Cohoes community to reduce chronic absenteeism across the district. Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing 10 percent of the school year. That’s 18 or more days, and last year …

Tree planted outside Cohoes High School in memory of Brittany Knight

Family, friends, students and staff gathered outside Cohoes High School on Monday afternoon to honor Brittany Knight, whose tragic death last June rocked the community and fueled a call for action to improve pedestrian safety when crossing 787 in Cohoes. “Brittany was a vibrant young lady who was full of energy,” said Becky Leach, high …

“Scrapaluffagus” scrap metal mastodon now living outside Abram Lansing

Local artist Tori Rodriguez spent more than a year welding the massive metal mastodon for Abram Lansing Elementary School before the sculpture was bolted into place last week. Using student drawings to guide her work, Rodriguez collected scrap metal from her employer and paid frequent visits to Kelman’s Scrap Metal Recycling—a local Cohoes business—anytime the …

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